GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — One person was killed in a shooting that took place Wednesday afternoon in Gresham.
Police responded to reports of gunfire near the intersection of SE 172nd Avenue and E Burnside Street around 1:30 p.m. Officers arrived within minutes but they found an adult man dead in the street with gunshot wounds.
Nearby streets were closed during the investigation. Gresham Police Officer Adam Baker said authorities spent the day interviewing witnesses.
“We talked to people who have seen cars moving and people running so part of the investigation is trying to piece together what they saw,” Baker said. He added that police are trying to collect surveillance video to help identify a suspect.
‘The new norm’
Gresham resident Beriane Vidal lives near where the shooting took place. She said violent crime is becoming commonplace.
“Just last night [police] were chasing somebody around midnight from a shooting just last night, just down the road here, and then this today,” said Vidal. “Just a couple months back right down the road here there was a shooting and some of the officers were there, there were bullet casings all over the ground. The guy was shooting in the opposite direction thankfully. But this is the new norm.”
Vidal didn’t hear the gunfire on Wednesday afternoon but other neighbors reported hearing six to eight shots. Some of the bullets appeared to have pierced the window of a business for rent. Evidence markers littered the floor inside.
Vidal is concerned about what happens next for the community.
“The neighborhood used to be perfect — calm, quiet, all nice neighbors. Now it’s to the point that you don’t know who’s going to come out and shoot you,” she said.